Workforce and Training

Construction Related Opportunities

Construction workers
Southwest LRT is the largest infrastructure project in the state's history and is expected to create 7,500 construction jobs, with an estimated $350 million in payroll.  Our community partners will be monitoring Council actions to see if the public dollars spent are creating opportunities for minority and women owned businesses and employment for lower income families. 

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise or DBE refers to the Federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program. This is a Federal program for increasing the participation of women and minority owned businesses in the award of federally assisted contracts. More information

Workforce Development

Workforce development are efforts by project owners, trade unions, community training organizations and contractors to provide construction career opportunities.The Council’s Workforce Development department will lead, along with project partners, the design and delivery of pathways to prepare workers for a career in the construction trades. More Information

Workforce Compliance

The Minnesota Human Rights Department (MDHR) supports Workforce Development initiatives as they are critical for creating career pathways into the construction industry for individuals who have had limited exposure and opportunities to enter non-traditional industries, such as women and people of color. Workforce development initiatives are also important as they help contractors to have sufficient workforce to meet employment participation goals.Union training programs, community organizations and agencies such as DEED and Met Council have established Workforce Development programs. More Information

Construction Trades Training

Building Strong Communities is a construction trades apprenticeship preparatory program that prepares long-term unemployed adults and recent high school graduates for careers in the construction industry. More information

Upcoming Construction Training Fair

January 22, 2020
3:00 to 6:00 PM
Minneapolis Urban League
2100 Plymouth Ave. North
Minneapolis, MN 55411

Event Flyer (PDF)

The Construction Training Fair is an opportunity to:

  • Learn about the METRO Green Line Extension.
  • Learn about the various trades that will be needed for construction of the line.
  • Talk to representatives from apprenticeship preparation programs.
  • Apply for apprenticeship programs.
For more information contact Aaron Koski at 612-349-7158 or email at